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Facing the Challenges of the Future. Instructional Challenges Student Achievement Grades K – 8 Enrollment Compliance with Bilingual & Special Ed laws.

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1 Facing the Challenges of the Future

2 Instructional Challenges Student Achievement Grades K – 8 Enrollment Compliance with Bilingual & Special Ed laws Delivery of World Language Program and Electives Technology / PARCC Testing

3 Special Education Mandates A free appropriate public education according to N.J.A.C. 6A: (b) is available to all students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21, including students with disabilities that have been suspended or expelled from school.

4 Special Education Enrollment Pre-School Students with Disabilities School Aged Students in District Outside Placement Students Total Students being served under Special Education

5 Enrollment as of March 21, 2014 Pre K K Total School Populatio n Franklin ,097 Garfield Lincoln Roosevelt Schuyler Washington Kearny High ,698 Total Grade Students ,960 5,885

6 District Capacity SchoolCurrent Enrollment CapacityCapacity Status Franklin1,0971,098 Garfield (Over) Lincoln Roosevelt (Over) Schuyler Washington (Over) Kearny High1,6981, Total5,9605,956+4 (Over) (-71)

7 Scheduling Committee Recommendations February 2012 Recommendation #1: Create 2 middle schools Increased instructional time in Math and ELA (no less than 60 minutes) Common Planning Time Equity among schools Smaller class size and increase staff if needed Recommendation #2: Restructuring Help Period Minimum 60 minutes Science and Social Studies (6-8) Recess at lunch time Increased instructional time in World Language Computer instruction in elementary grades Electives in all grades 7

8 Strategic Planning Committee Recommendations Goal: To structure the Kearny School District so it operates efficiently and meets the needs of our students and taxpayers Objective: Implement a middle school campus (grades 6, 7 & 8) Prioritized Action Steps: Determine the staffing needs for the middle school campus Goal: Address space issues. Have our facilities be safe and well maintained. Objective: Alleviate space issues Prioritized Action Steps: Redistricting Study 8

9 Why a Middle School? Provide an equitable education for all students Provide appropriate instructional space in all buildings Address staffing inefficiencies Address Spec. Ed. & Bilingual compliance

10 The Lincoln Campus 10

11 The Lincoln Campus SY: 2 Schools 1 Elementary (PK-5 & 7-8) 1 District 6 th Grade housed at Lincoln Annex (St. Stephen’s property) SY: 1 Campus – 2 buildings 1 District Wide Middle School (Grades 6-8) – Grade 6 housed at Lincoln Annex (St. Stephen’s property) – Grade 7 & 8 housed at current Lincoln School 11

12 How Instruction Will Look District Wide Grade 6 (426 students) 4 Teams – each consisting of approx. 108 students 1 Eng. Lang. Arts teacher 1 Math teacher 1 Social Studies teacher 1 Science teacher (each teaching 5 sections) Average class size – 22 students Common preparation period for team teachers 12

13 More Course Offerings for All A/B Schedule offering (in ) : 1 st Elective Period Phys. Ed. & Health World Language (Spanish – gr. 6) 2 nd Elective Period Computer /Technology Education Art Instrumental Music still offered for interested students 13

14 Phys. Ed. & Health Offerings: Grades 6, 7, 8 at Lincoln Campus One Marking Period each: Physical Education- Indoor Sports Physical Education- Aerobic Exercise Swim instruction Health 14

15 Staffing Efficiency 15 Year 1 Reduction of 4 or more positions (through attrition*) that could be used to address the needs of an increasing special education population and provide some computer instruction in elementary grades. Year 2 Further reduction of approximately 4-6 positions - Average class size: 18/20 OR Reduction of 8-10 positions – Average class size: 22 *Anticipated reduction of staff through attrition due to retirements.

16 Impact on Pre K - 5 Lower class size Common planning time Uninterrupted ELA and Math blocks Ability to offer computer/technology classes

17 Total Students Relocated to the “Lincoln Annex” for SY SchoolNumber of Students Franklin111 Garfield71 Lincoln52 Roosevelt70 Schuyler57 Washington65 Total426

18 Total Classrooms Made Available in each School for SY SchoolClassrooms Franklin4 Garfield4 Lincoln4 Roosevelt3 Schuyler3 Washington2 Total20

19 After Year 2, No School will be Over Capacity!!

20 If we do nothing… Larger class sizes Temporary Classroom Units at: Garfield (2) Washington (2) Schuyler (1 possible)

21 Budget without Middle School 4-5 Temporary Classroom Units ▪Mobilization: $ 50,000 ▪Rental/Purchase: $ 60,000 per yr. (to rent) $ 5,000-$10,000 PER MONTH/$100,000 TO PURCHASE $500,000 (to purchase) ▪Removal: $ 40,000 Total Cost:$ 150, (to rent) $ 550, (to purchase)

22 Middle School Budget Rental/Purchase of Property: $395,000 Utilities: $100,000 Furniture: $ 10,000 Repairs: $ 15,000

23 Anticipated Questions Why can’t we solve our issues with redistricting? Why not use St. Stephen’s as another K-6, and make Lincoln a 7-8 middle school? Why this location? Why not move to have the full plan completed immediately?

24 Recommendation Move forward to negotiate a lease / purchase agreement with St. Stephen’s to provide additional classroom space for the school year and beyond. 24

25 Questions


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